Jordan and I decided to venture a little farther away for the weekend, and we chose the Boseong tea fields. Transportation to get there is pretty tricky, because it’s a small town in rural Korea.
We took the bus from Yeongsan (a neighboring town near us) to Masan, where we searched for buses to Boseong. While there are buses that go directly from Masan to Boseong (2pm and 4:30pm), we didn’t want to wait that long. So we hopped on a bus to Suncheon, a city that direction, and then hopped on another bus. All in all, from leaving our front door to getting dropped off in Boseong, it took almost six hours. The actual time spent on buses was about two hours and 45 minutes.
We hopped in a taxi that took us to Daehan Dawon Tourist Tea Plantation. It cost about 10k won and took about 10 minutes. The taxi driver dropped us off at the front entrance, where we bought tickets (8k apiece, which was pricier than I expected).
It was beautiful! I had only known to look for rolling tea fields, but there are plenty of nature walks around the mountains. The original builder planted a windbreak of massive cedar trees in the 1950s, which now soar above us. I’d forgotten how much I loved the smell of cedar.
Tucked in one corner of the park was a bamboo forest! It was more like a thicket, really, but it was still awesome. The bamboo was 4″ to 6″ in diameter and soared about thirty feet above our heads.
Because it’s primarily a tourist attraction, four or five tea stands had set up shop. We bough green tea ice cream and tried it out. After you get over the shock of putting something cold in your mouth and it being green tea, it’s actually pretty decent.
We loved wading in the stream that runs along the park path and watching dragonflies buzz through the cool summer air.
After two or three hours, we moved on to Yulpo, about a 15 minute taxi ride to the beach. We had thought it had a nice beach where people could coat themselves in a green tea mud mixture, but we didn’t find that. And the beach there isn’t really very nice. It has good camping grounds, but we had to search for a motel. We found one by just knocking on doors and looking for signs that read 모탤 . It was not our favorite experience in Korea, and Yulpo doesn’t have a bus terminal. We had to wait for an intercity bus the next morning that dropped us off at Boseong’s train station. We road the slow train (three hours, fifteen minutes) back to Masan.
I highly recommend Boseong and its tea fields, but not Yulpo. Just head back into Boseong and stay at the Boseong tourist motel.